Jerry Abstract

Jerry Abstract's Satiated Elation EP

Jerry Abstract’s Satiated Elation EP

Today is my buddy Gerald Larsh’s birthday. Most people don’t know who Gerald Larsh is. They know him as the DJ/Producer/Graphic Designer Jerry Abstract. He also records and releases music under a number of other monikers such as Ian Ginsing, Former Selv, and is one-half of the IDM duo Avee Libretto.

Today, also celebrates the three year anniversary of the release of Jerry Abstract’s six song EP, Satiated Elation. This EP dealt with similar issues I laid out in my previous posts regarding the Curtis Paul and Charles Pearson albums, the difference is this time I wised up a bit and recruited the expertise of the one-and-only Andy Toth (Detroit Grand Pubahs, Abbe & Toth) to take care of the mastering process. We also decided to do something a little different by recruiting Dan Grafton & David Chakur of Service Tech to manufacture tangible audio cassettes of the release, as well as distributing it digitally via everyone’s favorite media channels, and it is finally available on Beatport, Juno Download, Traxsource, where it belongs.

Today, Jerry needs your help. With the majority of the population streaming content via services like Spotify, which literally pay artists fractions of a penny per listen, royalties these days literally amount to nothing, and creatives like Jerry are suffering. Mr. Abstract has found himself in a difficult situation facing a number of medical and dental bills and has started a GoFundMe page where for a limited time, he is offering his entire discography (spanning 15 years, 103 songs, 10 hours 23 minutes) of original productions, remixes & live-sets in high quality .mp3 for your generous donation. The link can be found ~> HERE

JERRY ABSTRACT IS YOUR FRIEND.

Charles Pearson’s Fine Tales from a Frontier LP

Charles Pearson's Fine Tales from a Frontier

Charles Pearson’s Fine Tales from a Frontier

Charles Pearson’s Fine Tales from a Frontier album faced the same challenges I described in my post about Curtis Paul’s Southern Brick Face. It too has been remastered and re-released, can be found now on Beatport, JunoDownload, TraxSource, Bandcamp & everywhere else fine music is streamed and sold…and it sounds better than ever.

If you were at a rave on a Saturday night during the mid ’90s, you would be hearing tracks from this album being played on the dance-floor, as well as in the chill-out room. I personally have a huge fondness for Charlie’s subtle use of vocals throughout the listening experience, taking the edge off the electronics by injecting that human element. It features a beautifully designed cover by his wife and baby momma Jessica Jozwick, and Charlie added a 15th bonus track, Frontier Girl, to celebrate this edition of the album.

Give it a second listen if you slept on it the first time around, and stay tuned as he has another collection of new music in the works…we should be making an announcement soon.

Curtis Paul’s Southern Brick Face LP

Southern Brick Face by Curtis Paul

Southern Brick Face by Curtis Paul

Approaching the four year anniversary of its initial release, Curtis Paul’s Southern Brick Face has been remastered and re-released finally, righteously, on Beatport, JunoDownload, Traxsource, Bandcamp & everywhere else fine music is streamed & available for digital download.

I say the word “righteously” because a handful of our first electronic albums were originally released on these platforms (Beatport, Juno, Trax, etc…) but I ignorantly signed up with a digital distribution service to get the albums delivered to those channels, not knowing that this service essentially setup its clients to fail (in my opinion). I will refrain from using their name because I don’t want to give their brand attention, feel free to contact me directly if you’d like to know…

One issue, they distributed our albums under their umbrella giving the public the impression that our albums where released by them acting as the label, not our brand. =QUAL wasn’t mentioned anywhere. This caused confusion for all parties involved. The only way to lift their umbrella and give the label proper credit was to apply and show that you had enough social proof to justify the placement. I did apply, they said we didn’t have enough fans, we weren’t “big enough” to make it worth their time. The second problem, even though I properly categorized the songs in the appropriate genres (ambient, experimental, downtempo, etc…) they decided to ignore my recommendations and put the album/tracks in categories such as Dubstep and Trap, which this album certainly is not, this decision did no favors for anybody. My only guess is they thought incorrectly releasing albums in categories that were trending at the time might eventually lead to more sales by unsophisticated consumers?! More complications included them claiming rights to the content on Youtube so that they would acquire royalties should anything be used in videos, which was fine while we were a client, but they never terminated their agreement with Youtube once I terminated our agreement with them as a client, leading to many nights of arguing and filling out forms one by one against copyright infringement complaints for each song that were not valid…they collected royalties for content they no longer had rights. At some point, I noticed I was locked out of the account, their website kept telling me my password was incorrect, but the form would never send a password reset once I requested it. I let the label account expire, took it as a loss and learning experience…it was time to move on.

Another issue with the album is that I originally released it without it properly being mastered, blame this again on my ignorance. I’ve been playing other people’s music for many years, but haven’t spent that much time in a proper studio. I had heard a number of artists over the years about the subject such as, “I master my tracks myself..” and “I’d never let anyone else touch my shit…” At the time, I didn’t understand the difference from a track being the master, and a track being mastered…sonically. So, I received the masters from Curtis, the track order, album description and original artwork by my BFF, Dan McDonald, and I think I was just excited to get the ball rolling, put the package together & released it unknowingly.

Much has changed/lived/learned over the course of the last four years…and I am still very proud of this. Not meant for those with short attention spans, it is a listening experience intended to be heard from beginning to end, track three is 14+ minutes long. Give it a chance if you missed or slept on it the first time around, this is the way it was meant to be heard. And keep an eye on Curtis Paul, this motherfucker’s just getting started.

Proud to Announce the Launch of the DBDJS AudioCast

dbdjsSomething I’ve been wanting to do for a long time is start a podcast or two, but I kept procrastinating because I didn’t feel like the had the knowledge and equipment necessary to create a solid product.
So, I decided to stop making excuses and just start doing it. I’m allowing myself to make mistakes and learn from them. And, I am learning a lot already. We launched the first episode last week featuring myself, and I’m about to upload the next one later today featuring a live DJ set by Keith Kemp. We plan to release a new episode every week, although I’m not sure that we really need to follow a strict schedule. Give it a listen and let me know what you think…

The show is currently audio only, and is available on iTunes, Stitcher, or visit DetroitbachelorDJs.com for more info.

DJ Eric Hinchman on Detroit Sessions with Steve Ra

Detroit Sessions Hosted by Steve Ra Featuring DJ Eric Hinchman 4.21.2013 by Dj Eric Hinchman on Mixcloud

#Detroit #House #DJ #Radio #Stream

If you are around an internet connection this evening at 9:00-10:00 PM (Eastern), Steve Ra will be debuting an all vinyl DJ mix I recorded specifically for his show, The Detroit Sessions.

The mix is very personal for me as it begins with some of the first records I ever purchased then takes you on a journey of music made by friends, and peers I have met along the 20 years I have been spinning vinyl, then returns full circle to the beginning.

It was a difficult mix for me to finish because I never program my sets, they’re always improvised. With this, I had a specific amount of songs to squeeze in about and hour’s worth of time.

If anyone is interested in the story behind the selection…ask away. This is a mix of Detroit House music, and I’d like to take this concept further and record a Detroit techno, and a Detroit Electro version as well.

The fan page for Steve’s show is here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Detroit-Sessions-With-Steve-Ra/123950967758886

The link for the live audio stream is located here: http://www.therhythmiclounge.com/radio.cfm

Published. Enjoy!

Cuatro de Mayo with DJs Andy Toth, Eric Hinchman, Craig Gonzalez & Drew Maddox

Tickets: http://dbdjs.bpt.me

https://www.facebook.com/events/160443634119431/

DBDJS & bEDOsHIRTS.com Presents:

:::Cuatro de Mayo Featuring:::

ANDY TOTH

Andy Toth’s production can be described as dark yet funky. He’s been producing music for over thirteen years now, and it keeps getting better. His illustrious career started with a stint in The Detroit Grand Pubahs, whose hit single “Sandwiches,” as well as the follow-up album, “Funk All Y’all,” saw to it that Andy would get the chance to peddle his wares on stages the world over. His ever-expanding production techniques have seen him working with Detroit’s top talent as a recording engineer, mastering professional, and producer of hip-hop, Rn’B, and electronic music. Andy has released tracks on labels like Jive Electro, Throw, D Records, Intuit Solar, Hej, Exchange Bureau Music, and People Mover Productions. Andy’s music has been traced as the root cause of the return of handle bar mustaches, the reason we like big butts, and the mass bumble bee extinction. Check it.

http://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/andytoth
http://www.discogs.com/artist/andy+toth
https://soundcloud.com/andytoth
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Andy-Toth/107400392614593
http://www.recordinginstitute.com/atoth.htm

ERIC HINCHMAN
@ehinchman

Eric Hinchman began collecting and playing vinyl to audiences of Detroit over 20 years ago. His record selection varies depending on details like the weather, the hour of the day, or even the day of the year. Having performed at nearly every venue in the Motor City and beyond, Hinchman is probably best known for his year and a half residency at Pontiac’s Velvet Lounge, and his 2 1/2 year residency at Hamtramck’s Lush Lounge. Eric is one of the founding members of the collective known as the Detroit Bachelor DJ Society…the concept was created in his living room with Jeremy 2000 & Derek Plaslaiko back in 1997. While we’re at it. Rich grew his hair out and no longer wears glasses, so stop telling Eric how they used to look like each other…it’s no longer relevant…seriously stop. For more info than you could possibly ever need to know visit:

http://www.erichinchman.com
http://www.mixcloud.com/EricHinchman
https://soundcloud.com/erichinchman
http://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/erichinchman
http://dj.beatport.com/erichinchman
http://thedjlist.com/djs/ERIC_HINCHMAN
http://www.facebook.com/DJEricHInchman

CRAIG GONZALEZ
@CraigGonzalez

Hip-hop perked the interest of Detroit’s Craig Gonzalez to vinyl at a young age. When he attended his first Detroit underground dance party in 1994, he knew he discovered something special and decided to get in the game.

“There was always something that I just found really interesting with DJing itself,” said Gonzalez. “Maybe it’s the idea of taking other people’s tracks and forming my own kind of story with them over an extended period of time… it can be pretty powerful if done correctly. It’s kind of interesting to take part in something like that.”

Realizing how easy it was to get started, he taught himself to DJ and built up a name for himself, joining the roster of the Detroit Bachelor DJs collective: a lineup including several prominent Detroit dance music DJs. He soon had gigs at the legendary St. Andrew’s Hall for the “Three Floors of Fun” weekly, residencies at Ann Arbor’s Blind Pig on “Solar” Wednesdays and nights at clubs Industry and the Labyrinth in the 90s. Today he keeps the music going at various gigs around town and at CraigGonzalez.com with mixes impromptu and scheduled, while the sidebar doesn’t neglect his other passion for sports and gaming. When faced with this competitor on the decks, expect a selection of take-you-back tracks with his own spin on the story.

http://craiggonzalez.com
https://soundcloud.com/craig-gonzalez
https://www.facebook.com/djcraiggonzalez

DREW MADDOX
@generationhex

For the past 15 years, Drew has been exploring and cultivating his love of electronic music by maintaining a presence in the Detroit area. His involvements with Paxahau, DBDJS, Nefarious & Movement alike have all had positive affects on his life and his constant feeding of the fire that sparked him at the beginning. As a DJ, his styles are deep and diverse, infinitely influenced by the vast sea of incredible local talent the city has forged over the past 30+ years.

https://www.facebook.com/drew.maddox.3
https://soundcloud.com/user1377751

NOT AN AFTER HOURS EVENT
(Please show up early!)

Drink Special:
$4.00 Sangria

Doors:
21+ with Valid ID
$5.00

The Tangent Gallery
715 East Milwaukee St
Detroit, Michigan 48202
https://www.facebook.com/Tangent.HSB

Easier on the ears ~ Harder on the women.